I’ll Keep My Independence, Thank You!

I’m really making a serious attempt to keep my politics out of my blog. But I feel the need to open up today!

I want you

…to read what I have to say!!!!

My political opinions are highly regarded.  By me.

And with all the bullshit that both parties are throwing around, and with both parties whoring to get votes from any “group” they can pander to. It amazes me that…NOT ONE OF THESE POLITICAL CONTENDERS HAS ADDRESSED THE ISSUE OF AGEISM!

Ageism-Article…and we all know who WON’T get hired!  Might I add that Human Resources was so much better when it was “Personnel”?

And a few of them are of “ageist” years old!


Yeah. All three of you should be ashamed of yourselves for NOT addressing ageism as the new “ISM” and for NOT trying to bag the Senior vote.  You ARE that group!

For the record, Bernie is my man. I am very pleased that he cares about “We the People”.   I hear some people saying that he is a socialist. Well, what’s wrong with that anyway?  Yes. His thoughts are to raise taxes so that we will be a country to take care of her citizens with a nationalized health care. Is that so wrong?  Yes. He wants to raise taxes so that college students will have that education without owing a mortgage in student loans. Is that so wrong?

For people who are employed—how much of your paycheck is going toward your medical insurance?  Yeah. I thought so.  Think about how your taxes will be raised and you won’t have that deductible any more.  You will bring more money home from each paycheck.

And I know that Mr. Sanders will not win the nomination for the Democratic Party.

But it’s also about greed.  As Americans, we are a greedy bunch when it truly comes to helping our neighbors. Many Americans will attend services at their place of Worship and vow to God, or, recite passages from the storybook otherwise known as The Bible.  These Bible Bangers will read and recite passages about treating everyone with respect and love. And as soon as those same individuals leave the confines of their church, or the confines of their reading rooms, they spew hate to those who aren’t the same as them.


Um hum.  It seems that many of those who quote the Bible and wear their Sunday best to those little white churches don’t practice what they preach!

You know what I’m talking about. I don’t have to go into details about the various groups of people who are “hated” because of the Christian tighty righties!


So true–and this comes into play with politics!

But fear not self-righteous righties.  I’m an equal opportunist.

The extreme left is just as bad. Political Correctness and over sensitivity rule their roosts. If ONE police officer makes a boo-boo, then they feel ALL policemen and policewomen are a force that needs a makeover to a more criminal-friendly bunch.  These are the people who made compliments on one’s appearance “offensive”. These are the people who turned ANY form of disagreement into “bullying”.


..and this is why I LOVE Bill Maher!  Like me, he is an equal opportunist when it comes to politics. He will point the finger at both parties and he especially despises Political Correctness!

With both of these extreme political Donkeys and Elephants, there is no compromise.

Donkey and Elephant

Both of these political animals are starting to annoy me.

And that is what is wrong.

I am an Independent.  I vote for the person who I think will do the better job. NOTE—I write “better”—not “best” because our political parties have been flushed down the toilet while the extremist shit seems to float to the top.


.…and I wouldn’t want to be with any other party at this time!

What happened to the moderates of yesteryear? Where is the happy medium?


Um. No. It isn’t hard to understand. Take stock of yourselves!

What happened to platforms of what candidates will actually do for “We the People”?  Why do we have to watch Political Dozens? How come politicians are more focused on bashing each other rather then what they would do for our people?

Why were Super PACS ever allowed in the first place? Why is a bought nomination acceptable?


Super PACS and Super Delegates. Both suck.

And don’t even get me started on  “delegates”.  A delegation does NOT a democracy make. The popular vote makes a democracy.

And so I will remain an Independent.  I believe in equality for all people. I believe that NO MAN EVER, EVER, EVER, HAS THE RIGHT TO TELL A WOMAN WHAT DO TO WITH HER BODY. EVER!!!!

I don’t believe in outsourcing jobs to other countries and I don’t believe that American corporations should have tax breaks.

I believe in being fair.  Don’t tax someone making $35,000 a year the same as someone making $200,000.  And for chrissakes if a transgender male/female wants to use the same restroom as me, I don’t care—when nature calls, it doesn’t matter who is in the stall next to me.  I’ve changed diapers and I’ve gotten pregnant. I KNOW what the human anatomy looks like. So what!


SHE stands for Liberty and Justice for all. Let’s remember that, shall we? Thank you Lady Liberty!

But back to my Independent status politically.  I am unable to vote in my State’s primary because Pennsylvania does not host an open primary.

I really can't vote

Yes. I’ve voted in every election, both local and national.  However, I won’t be wearing this next week because PA is a closed primary.

Does that make me angry?  I’ll admit—it does a bit, but not enough for me to change my affiliate.

And until both the Republican and Democrat parties take stock of who they are, how they stand, stop allowing super PACS, stop bashing each other, and start concentrating on what they would really do for “We the People”, I shall remain true to who I am.


And I may just write Elizabeth Warren in as my choice when I vote for President!


Once again, I’m all for Bill. HE should run for office!

I hope all my girls are Independent women–even if they aren’t politically, I still hope they are independent thinkers!


About Catherine

Far from perfect, but enjoying life as a non-perfect and flawed individual at 60 years young. I'm still wondering what I'll be when I grow up! The characters in my life's screenplay include my better half. He is a refined Frenchman who grew up in Paris and summered in St. Tropez. I grew up in Long Island and summered in Long Island. I am not refined. My three grown children are also a big part of my life. For their sake, they happily live where their careers have taken them! But I can still mother them from a distance! I write about the mundane. I write about deeply shallow issues. But whatever I write or muse about--it'll always be a bit on the humorous and positive side! It's all good!
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38 Responses to I’ll Keep My Independence, Thank You!

  1. BunKaryudo says:

    I think I’ve mentioned this in your blog before, Catherine, but I really wish Elizabeth Warren was running. I think she’s fantastic. You also make a good point about ageism. It just isn’t an issue that ever seems to get mentioned.

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Bun. OMG. I wanted Warren from the get-go. The most we can hope for now is that she becomes Hillary’s running mate OR the next Secy. of State. She. Is. An. Amazing. Woman! XOXOXO!!!

  2. Olive Ole says:

    I wholeheartedly agree with you. I am from a socialist country, yet we rank at the top of UN’s list of best countries to live in every year…

    • Catherine says:

      Thank You Olive! We need more people from socialist countries to say what you just did. People here in the States equate it with Communism–which it isn’t–but yet, they will moan and groan about having to pay out-of-pocket for medical insurance and college educations……..XOXOXOXO!!!

  3. Bernadette says:

    Elizabeth, This was a very well written and though out political statement. I also am registered as a political independent and I also have found it interesting how the candidates have skirted the issue of ageism. I think they don’t want to draw attention to their own age. This would be a good post for the Senior Salon today if you get a chance to report it over there.

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Bernadette! I added it to SS but I don’t know if I did it correctly! But yeah–how come NONE of the bozos from either party addressed the issue of ageism? I’ll tell you why–it’s because we are the minority that nobody gives two shits about!! I am ready to start the anti-ageism revolution! XOXOXO!!!

  4. Paula Fowler aka Gail says:

    Girlfriend, this was AWESOME!!! I am also Independent and hell will freeze over before I change that. Two words: Elizabeth Warren.

  5. Suzy Barker says:

    I’m with you all the way Catherine. Politicians should have stricter rules of etiquette to follow and they should be enforced, otherwise they’re out, to stop them mauling each other verbally, therefore giving them more time to dedicate to what they should really be doing. Shallow idiots is what most of them are. Who in their right mind would seriously want their country run by halfwits who can think of nothing else but attacking their competition, whilst having no real meaningful policies to implement or offer to the electorate. Ageism is not the key currently to winning votes I’m afraid. There are far more pressing issues as highlighted and demanded by the manipulative media. Please forgive my sarcasm ….

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Suzy. Oh no sarcasm to be forgiven. There are a TON of issues that these morons skirt around. Honestly, some of them are a bunch of school yard bullies who, if beaten down by the RIGHT person, would be running home to mommy with their thumbs in their mouths. I’m tired of the advertisements that have already started. Between political ads and ads for meds, I’m ready to stop watching TV altogether. And the pickin’s this time around are just awful.
      How can we, as Americans, become a more genteel people when our politicians are nothing but a bunch of wild boars (and bores!) XOXOXO!!!

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    • Catherine says:

      Thanks Gassy. I need to read the KFC story, but as soon as I saw the letters “KFC” i got a bad case of GERD! I also have to get back to the Murray story. I’m loving your blog, BTW! Keep it real and keep it gassy! XOXOXO!!!

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  7. Well said!

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Faye. Thanks! I veer away from politics but I just feel at this point, I need to get some stuff off my mind! XOXOXO!!!

      • good for you 🙂 I don’t get it myself, I haven’t got a clue, I think our system here in the UK is quite different so I’m not even going to pretend I know anything lol! I enjoyed this post though because you wrote with so much passion and honesty, with a very great outlook and real points – I thought it was great, even if I am politically dumb lol xx

  8. Trudy says:

    Hi Catherine! I consider myself an independent but I switched my party designation just so I could cast a ballot for Bernie. And many weren’t told in New York that they could do that even up to the moment of casting your vote with an affidavit. So many were told that they couldn’t vote by poll workers that didn’t want them to cast Democratic votes. And now there’s an investigation open. And there has been ageism towards Bernie during this campaign depending on what channel you watch. I wanted Elizabeth Warren to be his running mate btw. Join the campaign against Citizens United to take the money out of politics, I’ve joined that as well. Money doesn’t equal speech. And there’s nothing wrong with socialism. Every country that’s doing better than us is using some form of socialism. Great post

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Trudy. Oh. I’ve actually posted pictures on my FB page of the journalists who have attacked Sanders with ageist remarks. It’s vile. These same “journalists” will pontificate in their PC whining that we all need to care and be sensitive for all minorities, but they fail to mention the minority of those affected by ageism. They are full of shit and they are phonies. Don’t even get me started on that…..
      Warren should have run period. She is the greatest thing to happen in the world of politics–it’s a shame that we have a literal circus these days and it will only become worse….XOOXOXOXOXO!!!

  9. Trudy says:

    And yes Americans are way too greedy, that’s why they can’t think past their own agenda to the public good.

  10. peggyleslie says:

    Sing it,sister! You wrote what’s in my head. only better.

  11. spearfruit says:

    Well written Catherine – and I agree. I consider myself an independent also, and as you vote for the person that will do the better job. Thanks for a great post today! 🙂

    • Catherine says:

      You’re quite welcome Terry. Let’s hope that we can overcome the Cruz’s and Trump’s of this country to a more citizen-caring one! XOXOXOXO!!!

  12. iolacontessa says:

    THANK YOU!I am NOT WATCHING or paying attention as I think it is RIDICULOUS……..we are laughing stocks in EUROPE.WHAT HAPPENED?WHere are the people that would BE GREAT?Lets pull a kid out of YALE or HARVARD……..anything is better then this bunch!

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Contessa. It’s true. We ARE laughing stocks throughout Europe. Our political campaigns are vulgar and crude and it is all about the bashing. It’s disgusting–and isn’t very democratic!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  13. calensariel says:

    Couldn’t agree more!

  14. The trouble with taxing the rich is that when you do, they will simply pay themselves more. It is disgusting what some execs get paid.
    Catherine, have you thought of going into politics yourself?

  15. I don’t usually agree with you on political issues but I love this post.
    I ADMIT, I am a registered Republican.
    Danny has been fighting this for years. He is a Libertarian. I was leaning that way as well but they haven’t been doing what they need to do either.
    I honestly don’t know what I am going to do in November.
    The rest of the world can work with her. They won’t be able to work with Trump.
    I honestly don’t know if I can vote for Clinton yet, I
    don’t want Trump to win.
    Awesome post.

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Sarah. You knowwww…the weird thing about this entire campaign so far is that it is bringing a LOT of folks who don’t normally with each others’ politics together. We are a two-party of extremists. There are no moderates anymore. Its awful! Quite honestly, I may end up doing a write-in for Bernie or Warren. Our political offerings are in a sad state…….

  16. lumay says:

    Greetings from SW PA. I stumbled over here from Tea Leaves and Tweed. I love everything you said in this post! Thank you for writing it with so much humour and eloquence.

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